If the time has come to replace your windows, it’s important to research the options before making an investment. The default material is typically uPVC, but there is a shift towards more aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly alternatives.
Three materials are typically used to create window frames; uPVC, Aluminium and Wood. Any of these materials can be fitted with double or triple glazing. They can all enhance security and energy efficiency, whilst reducing noise pollution, but what are the advantages of each?
Advantages of uPVC Windows
Large scale factory production and effective marketing has made uPVC the most common material for window frames in the UK. The initial quote for uPVC windows suggests this is the cheapest option and that is certainly a persuasive factor.
uPVC is also a low maintenance (but not maintenance free) product; the advice is to clean the
frames every 6 months. If professionally manufactured and installed, uPVC windows have a life
expectancy of 20-25 years.
Advantages of Aluminium Windows
Aluminium is used in many commercial properties and can be used for domestic windows. It offers a contemporary look and can be fabricated into any dimensions, and finished in any colour. This makes it a viable option if you are looking to add a unique stamp to your property.
Aluminium a stronger material than uPVC and this allows the frames to be narrower, which is ideal if you are looking to optimise natural light. In terms of maintenance, regular cleaning is advised and it is possible to repaint aluminium frames. The life expectancy of modern aluminium windows is 30-40 years and they can be recycled when removed.
Advantages of Wooden Windows
The natural properties of timber make wooden windows the most aesthetically pleasing option.
They add character and are in keeping with the desirable features of period properties. If you live in a conservation area or own a listed building, timber framed windows may be the only option.
Windows made from well-seasoned, quality timbers are also durable. With protective treatments applied during manufacture and a willingness to maintain them every five years, they can outlast uPVC many times over. With a life expectancy of wooden windows is 30- 100 years, meaning they offer the best long term value.
Specialist joiners like HINSON Custom Made will craft made to measure wooden windows from
sustainable sourced timber. These windows can be repaired and restored, as well as recycled. From traditional casement windows to sliding sash windows, timber offers an appealing, durable, cost effective and efficient solution.
Deciding on the Best Window Option for your Home
Many decisions are based on budget alone. Our advice is to consider:
- The style and period of your home
- How long you intend to stay in the property
- The long term cost of maintenance, repairs and replacements
- The impact on the value of your home
We also suggest that you request a number of companies come to measure up, listen to your
requirements and provide a detailed quote. You will then be in a strong position to make an